by Tracy Greenhalgh
Last time I skied at Copper I unzipped my ski bag in Alpine lot and realized I hadn’t packed my gloves. After a quick flash of panic, I collected myself and realized I could easily find a pair at Camp Hale Outfitters in Center Village at the base of American Eagle chairlift. (Did I mention that the gloves I bought are now my favorite gloves I’ve ever owned?)
From satisfying food and drink to trendsetting ski and outdoor gear to Copper’s Guest Services, Camp Hale Outfitters supplies exactly what you need to create your perfect ski day.
(Open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily/weekends until 8:00 p.m.)
Camp Hale Coffee
You’re always in for a treat when you step into the cozy coffee shop to stave off your hunger and thirst before, during and after your ski day. And you’ll find plenty of available indoor and outdoor seating.
Breakfast, lunch, fresh juice, smoothies, coffee, wine and cocktails
The grab-and-go menu offers a wide array of fast, wholesome and healthy breakfast and lunch options, including fresh juices and smoothies, along with pastries, coffee and espresso selections.
If you’re a fan of fresh squeezed juice you’ll love the carrot ginger juice and the tropical greens mix of kale, spinach, pineapple, apple juices. If smoothies are your thing, try the strawberry banana, mixed berry, and mango versions. The baristas will even mix a fresh juice or smoothie to order.
The selection of breakfast sandwiches come on croissants, English muffins, bagels and gluten-free bread, with combos of eggs, sausage, bacon and veggies. Breakfast burritos and oatmeal round out the list to energize you for your fun day on the hill.
For lunch you can choose from hearty sandwiches, including chicken salad, BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado, and tomato with savory, house-made bacon), tuna salad, veggie wrap, ham and Swiss and turkey options. You’ll also find gluten-free bread, and they’ll serve your sandwich on a bed of lettuce, sans the bread, if you ask.
If you want to load up on carbs to carry you through the morning, you’ll find a fresh assortment of pastry favorites alongside tasty gluten-free and vegan options. Grab a little piece of heaven with a cinnamon roll or blueberry, lemon poppy seed and chocolate chip muffins, vegan banana and pumpkin muffins, and gluten-free zucchini and pumpkin bread. Rather have a breakfast bar? You’ll love the apple cake, raspberry oat, brownie cookie dough and the Copper bar – a coconut brownie with layers of peanut butter and chocolate.
Copper Mountain’s resident pastry chef, Susan Vlass, also serves up the café’s newest sensation – Mason jar cakes. Dig into the lemon raspberry, Funfetti®, and salted caramel chocolate cakes for a decadent pleasure offered all day long.
And, we haven’t even brought up the coffee yet. Camp Hale Coffee serves Ozo Coffee Company’s brew. Based in Boulder, Ozo roasts their beans on Tuesdays and delivers them to Camp Hale on Thursdays to give you the freshest, tastiest java for your espresso, Americanos, lattes, cappuccinos and everything in between.
The kids will love the hot chocolate and apple cider, and the adults will love the fact that they can get their own coffee with alcohol blend-ins all day long. You’ll love the Peppermint Patti (peppermint schnapps in hot chocolate or mocha), Honey Bourbon Chai (Jim Beam Honey in a chai latte), and the Coppercino (cappuccino with Irish whiskey, Irish cream, and coffee liqueur), among other tasty hot toddies.
As if this awesome menu weren’t enough, Camp Hale Coffee now offers wines on tap all day. Drop in and find your favorite Cabernet, Merlot and red blends, along with your choice of white and rose.
Retail heaven: ski and boarding gear+
If you and your crew love shopping, you’ll discover Camp Hale’s premier selection of ski and board pants, coats, layers, hats, gloves and anything else you need for your mountain experience. In the summer you’ll also find yoga wear and hiking gear.
If you need sunscreen and other sundries, water bottles, bandanas, unique souvenirs, outdoor games, kids’ toys, and more, this is definitely your stop.
High-end equipment demos and wine-tasting
Want to try out the latest in elite technology and high-performance skis, boards and boots? Camp Hale Outfitters lets you rent the season’s latest equipment where you can test it for a few runs, then trade it in and try a different option that same day.
The experts at the demo rental shop inside have been fitting boards and skis for over 20 years, so they understand how to provide you with the best fit and performance. When you come in any Saturday between 5-7p.m., you also enjoy a complementary glass of wine as you peruse the equipment selections.
To complete Camp Hale Outfitters one-stop appeal, you’ll also find restrooms, and Guest Services, where you’ll pick up your pass, get daily tickets and answers to all your Copper-related questions. Come in and grab your coffee and breakfast sandwich in the morning while the rest of your crew shops or picks their favorite demos for the day, then bring the family back in for their favorite deserts, hot chocolate, apple cider and après ski cocktails when the day is done.
So, don’t fret if you forget your gloves, need coffee STAT, or just want to browse the high-end clothing and outdoor gear selection--Camp Hale Outfitters has you covered.
Tracy Greenhalgh is a freelance writer and web content creator. She specializes in writing about all things outdoors, health, and wellness-related, but she loves to tell any stories that inspire and help make us all better humans. Find out more about Tracy and her projects at tracygreenhalgh.com.